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Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival since 1997. The first 20 events were at Southampton Guildhall and in 2017 Southampton Beer Festival moved to St Mary's Stadium.

In 2010 we added to this by organising an Autumn Festival, in Woolston, appropriately called Woolston Beer Festival. We repeated this the next year and it has become annual event.

In 2011 we held Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at the end of March, returning a CAMRA beer festival to Winchester Guildhall after a gap of 28 years. This was another big success and the repeat events since then have been equally so.

All the staff at our beer festivals are volunteers. Many members of Southern Hampshire CAMRA also volunteer their time to work at the Great British Beer Festival each year.

Some of our aims in running beer festivals are:

  • To serve customers quality cask conditioned real ale.
  • To promote real ale to the local community, therefore increasing its popularity.
  • To promote membership of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

If you'd like us to email you and let you know when we're holding beer festivals then join our "beerfests" mailing list and we'll keep you informed!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • 24th Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th May 2018
    Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit. Open: Thursday 16:30 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 19:00. Run by CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks Branch
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 18th, 19th & 20th May 2018
    Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0ET
    Always a good festival, especially if the weather is fine, and this year is the 29th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 21:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Tickets £5 Friday, £6 Saturday (£3 from 17:00) and free entrance Sunday. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 8th & 9th June 2018
    St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP
    Our own beer festival. Four sessions, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, ticket prices £6, £10, £9 & £7 respectively, and tickets are on sale now. Friday lunchtime is a 'quiet' session with no music. See the website for details.
     
  • Salisbury Beerex XXXVIII – 15th & 16th June 2018
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 inc souvenir glass & programme (£12 if bought in June). Card-carrying CAMRA members get a ½ pint free. Live music all sessions. Disabled access, hot/cold food available throughout. Run by Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA in association with Salisbury Arts Centre & Rotary COGS.
     
  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th July 2018
    Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2QB
    12:00 – 22:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday. Ticket prices and other details still TBA. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     

For CAMRA festivals over the whole of the UK see the main CAMRA website
 

Non-CAMRA Beer Festivals

Many beer festivals take place in our branch area, or nearby, that are not CAMRA beer festivals. Despite being unable to endorse these events, we believe that any beer festival that sells quality cask-conditioned real ales should be supported (see you there!). The information given here is purely for the benefit of readers, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to beerfestivals@shantscamra.org.uk

    Fri 04/05/2018
       – Mon 07/05/2018
Queen Inn, Winchester
28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester SO23 9PG
Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival. 80+ Real ales & ciders, all day barbecue, hog roast, live music on three evenings, beer festival quiz. See www.thequeeninnwinchester.co.uk/festival-2018.html
    Sat 05/05/2018
       – Mon 07/05/2018
13th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
13th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country and the Isle of Wight. Plus, there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    Mon 07/05/2018 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
The 27th May Fayre Real Ale and Cider Tent. Over 40 Real Ales, Ciders and Perry. Although not a CAMRA event, the beer tent at St Mary's Church May Fayre is predominantly staffed by CAMRA volunteers. Open 10:30 – 16:30, or more likely earlier, when the beer runs out. Free entrance. All profits are donated to the church. Full details can be found at www.mayfayre.me.uk. This festival is also looking to bolster the number of volunteers helping to run it – see the Volunteers Area on the website. Benefits include food & drink on the day plus more when presentations are made later.
    Thu 10/05/2018
       – Sun 13/05/2018
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Corfe Castle Railway Station, Station Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EJ
We think this is the same as last year at Corfe Castle station in a carriage on the cattle dock and with 25 beers and 6 ciders. Awaiting more details at www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/diesel-gala-2018 and a Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/1165686390234216
    Fri 11/05/2018
       – Sat 12/05/2018
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
This event has been cancelled. portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
    Sat 12/05/2018 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
The 2nd Bursledon Brickworks beer festival. Tickets £5.98 advance only – but they have all sold, unless there are any returns. Session is 12:30 – 17:30. The museum opens at 1200. There will be a heritage bus service from Swanwick station. See www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/events.php for all details.
    Sat 12/05/2018
       – Sun 13/05/2018
Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road, Eastleigh SO50 6HN
As the title says, it is a steam rally, but our sources tell us that there is a beer tent with a good range of local beers and some ciders, though they keep quiet about that on the website www.billtargettrally.co.uk Rally open from 10:00 and entrance is £7.
    Sun 13/05/2018 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £8 adult and £3.50 children. See sites.google.com/a/southdownsgreenfair.org/south-downs-green-fair
    Fri 18/05/2018
       – Sat 19/05/2018
16th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
From 18:00 on Friday & 12:00 Saturday. Entrance £7.50, includes souvenir glass. Around 20 to 25 beers, plus ciders and bottled world beers. Plenty of music too. See www.bhbf.co.uk
    Fri 25/05/2018
       – Mon 28/05/2018
Rockstone Beer Festival
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
4 day event with cask and keg on the bar and a separate cask bar. Well over 20 beers. Nothing yet on their website therockstone.co.uk but there is a Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/565235980541567
    Fri 25/05/2018
       – Mon 28/05/2018
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Usually over 25 local beers and ciders. Music each evening and barbecue from 12:00. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events/2017/5/26/beer-festival-sr3cm
    Sat 26/05/2018
       – Sun 27/05/2018
Churchill Arms Beer & Bikes Festival
Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt Dorset SP6 3AA
Annual Beers + Bikes real ale & cider festival; barbecue, and trade stands. Opens at 10:00 – 23:00 each day. See www.churchillpub.co.uk/events/event/beers-bikes-festival-2017 for basics on pub's website and facebook event www.facebook.com/events/304062860095682
    Fri 01/06/2018
       – Sat 02/06/2018
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
The regular Alton Summer Festival. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, with tickets £7.50 for the first two session and £5 or the Saturday evening session. Advance purchase is recommended. Over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Full details on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 01/06/2018
       – Sat 02/06/2018
Hawkley Inn
Pococks Lane, Hawkley (nr Liss), Hampshire GU33 6NE
Usually 19 beers plus their usual 7 on the bar. From 17:00 Friday and 12:00 Saturday. Barbecue, music. Sunday is an opportunity to drink up any leftovers but with the pub otherwise running as normal. See hawkleyinn.co.uk/upcoming-events-at-the-hawkley for details.
    Sat 02/06/2018 Red Cat Brewery
Unit 10 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, SO23 0LB
Not a traditional beer festival but an open day at a brewery. Established in 2014, Red Cat is Winchester's largest (but still small) brewery and there's a chance to meet the brewers and drink some fine beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Website is www.redcatbrewing.co.uk but there's no mention there as yet but there is a facebook event www.facebook.com/events/416970175418721
    Sat 09/06/2018 Hatch Warren Cider Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00 (we think). a wide range of Ciders, Perries and other fruit based alcoholic beverages from around the UK plus food and live music. Tickets £3 to members, £6 non-members. See www.hatchwarren.org/index.php/events/164-cider-festival-saturday-9th-june-2018
    Fri 15/06/2018
       – Sat 16/06/2018
9th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 80 cask ales, sourced from independent and micro breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. Also ciders and a separate bar with wines and soft drinks and this year a gin bar. Food all sessions. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 for each session. There's a free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 29/06/2018
       – Sun 01/07/2018
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Usually over 3 days with 20 beers including the pub's own brews and 20 ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Hog roast & barbecue. Camping available in adjacent campsite. Just very basic details on their website at the moment www.redshoot.co.uk/events/summer-beer-cider-festival
    Fri 13/07/2018
       – Mon 16/07/2018
DonkeyTown Beer Festival
Pennington Sports & Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
We've got this year's dates, the rest we assume is as last year: Friday 17:30 – 23:00; Saturday 13:00 – 23:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:00; 'Mop-up Monday': 13:00-21:00. A mixture of indoor and outdoor areas, free entrance, and open to non-members. 20+ ales and 12+ ciders. Excepting Mop-up Monday, live music each session (quiet areas available also) and food available. See the club's website for more details when available pennoclub.weebly.com/annual-beer-festivale.html.
    Fri 27/07/2018
       – Sat 28/07/2018
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2018
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. Over 35 beers and 25 ciders along with plenty of music. Hog Roast Saturday and Hot Dogs and Burgers on Friday. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:30 tickets £14, Saturday 12:00 – 23:30 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 03/08/2018
       – Sun 05/08/2018
Shoe Inn, Plaitford
Salisbury Rd, Plaitford SO51 6EE
A selection of real ales and ciders in the garden bar including some from local breweries. Live Music each day, barbecue on Saturday afternoon and traditional roasts on Sunday. We've seen the advert in our Hop Press but the pub's website hasn't caught up yet - www.theshoe-inn.co.uk/events
    Sat 04/08/2018 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The date for their 12th annual beer festival. (Last year we said: At least 40 Real Ales + Local Ciders + BBQ & Hog Roast. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details will be on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest sometime.
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
White Hart, Pennington
17 Milford Road, Pennington, SO41 8DF
Along with Real Ales and Cider, the afternoons will have family festival stuff such as bouncy castle, bungy run & fairground games. Music afternoons and/or evenings. Keep an eye on www.whitehartpennington.co.uk/events for full details.
   

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.

 

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